I used three colors for this look: Essie Blanc, Sally Hansen Jaded, and OPI Jade is the New Black. How apropos, right?
The process for these nails reminded me of the process for my tortoiseshell nails. Here's a short little tutorial for you!
- Start with one coat of Sally Hansen Jaded (jade colored jelly).
- Using tweezers and small torn pieces of a triangle makeup wedge, sponge on random areas of Essie Blanc (white) and OPI Jade is the New Black (rich green). Be sure to leave some space unsponged.
- Add another coat of Jaded. It's jellylike consistency will add a cloudy effect over your sponging without covering it up.
- Repeat your sponging, but in different areas this time.
- Add a final coat of Jaded to create depth.
- Using a small nail art brush, add some thin "veins" of white on top. A little bit goes a long way here.
- Finish with topcoat for the polished gemstone look.
I also wanted to add a little bit extra to the manicure, so I placed some metallic caviar beads from Born Pretty near the base of the nails as an accent. I think they do a lot to add to the antique effect -- these nails almost look like found artifacts!
I wish I could have captured the depth of these nails better in the photographs. I can really see the differences between the layers in person!
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